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The Frog Prince

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  912 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Holly Bishop is the proverbial, small-town good girl. She always follows the rules, thinks of others first, and she never, ever makes mistakes. Until she marries the man she thought was her Prince Charming, who confesses on their honeymoon that he's not sexually attracted to her. Now, 14 months after, Holly's marriage is in the toilet, along with her self-esteem. Determine ...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published May 18th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2005)
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Much like Devo, Road House, and dipping a Hershey's bar into a jar of peanut butter and then eating it, this book is so's good.

Making sure Betty Frieden rolls over in her grave, this book is exactly what feminist have been bitching about for years. Not only is the main character whiny, co-dependent and as deep as a puddle, but she also goes on for 3/4 of the book droning on and on about how she's not worthy unless she has a man's love. Yeah, cause that's why.

Well, that is until she goes
I'm not sure what to think of this author. I despised Odd Mom Out and absolutely loved Mrs. Perfect, so I decided to give her one more shot. The good news is, this book was not as horrible as Odd Mom Out. And, what made me give this otherwise bland book 3 stars instead of 2, had an interesting ending.

One of the most annoying things about the chicklit genre is the necessity these writers have to give their protagonists a happy ending, which most include a new, or at least renewed, romance. It's l
Not surprised at all that I couldn't put the book down. I very much relate to Holly. Most of my life I always put other people's needs before mine, had to make sure everyone was happy, and god forbid I disappointed anyone. It took a long time (still not 100% there) to realize that I need to take care of myself. Like many girls, I have always wanted the fairy tale happy ending. I love Disney princesses. Every now and then either a scene from Alladin or a picture of Ariel from Little Mermaid is my ...more
Everyone loves the story of the poor little waif who's swept from obscurity and poverty into the lap of luxury. This book tells what happens after the rice from the wedding is swept away -- and Prince Charming turns back into a frog.

Porter's book starts out well as Holly tries to come to terms with her divorce from the Prince, reinventing herself as a single woman-about-town in San Francisco. But about two-thirds of the way through the book, Porter seems to lose interest, summing up months of t
Trisha W.
What a fun book, and do you not love the cover? The cover is as fun as the book was. This was another book I could not put down. The way the author portrays Holly makes you feel like you are her. The divorcee with nothing but yourself and your thighs that seem to be getting bigger by the day, the girl who has no friends and can not believe that her life is practically over after only being married a year. And we all can relate to the hot stuck up woman who wants to be your friend but in the end ...more
Kathy Chung
saw some negative reviews here in goodreads about this book. was not expecting much . Therefore not disappointed.

what I like about this book is Holly have a good heart. Despite knowing that she would get in trouble, she still help Tessa.

there are also some humorous moments when Holly goes on a date.

as many have mentioned before, this book can do with a little less whining. I buy the book because i want something light to read. i don't want too much whining or self pity. if i wanted those, i wou
Denise Holcomb
Holly Bishop believed in the fairy tales. And, that old cliché about kissing a lot of frogs to find your prince. But life smacks her in the face with her husband telling her on the honeymoon he doesn't want to be married. She tried everything before giving up and filing for divorce. Getting on with her life isn't easy despite starting over in a new town. Finally with a lot of kicking, screaming, cajoling from work and friends, plus a lot of hard work and determination, she finds her life and her ...more
Margaret Dilloway
An entertaining and deep look at a young woman recovering from a divorce and the fairy tale life she thought she would have. Porter works in her fairy-tale motif without cramming it down our throats. The transformation of our heroine happens pretty quickly, and Porter manages to make the girl sympathetic even though she could have easily been whiny (a neat feat, one I have trouble with myself). All the characters are fully-fleshed, even the ones who appear briefly. My favorite is the date who ne ...more
I read one of Jane Porter's modern chick lit novels (read: NOT her others with the bodices being ripped off on the book covers) each year we go down to Mexico. Note to Jane: you need to write a new one b/c this was the last one on that list! :) It's a perfect beach read - easy to pick up and put down, easy to follow after a margarita or two, and entertaining. The protagonist was SUCH a freakin' whiner in this book though . . . I understand the necessity of a small pity party on occasion, but Hol ...more
Kathy Hiester
I loved this book much more than I expected to. I'd never heard of the book but wanted a chick lit paperback that I could easily read on the beach so I picked it up for 1.99 at an Independent Bookstore. It took me a few chapters to get into it. At first, it seemed like it could be another book where everyone in the big city, especially at work, is nasty and uncaring but I actually teared up toward the end. I was so moved by Holly's difficulties in maintaining a comfortable relationship with her ...more
This book had me laughing out aloud through out the book. Holly a small town girl wanting to live a fairy tale life like most girls do. She is always putting others first. This is the journey of Holly after her fairy tale marriage fails and her self discovery in the next year living on her own in San Fransisco, meeting the many toads (men). This book had me rooting for Holly. Highly recommend for a fun chick lit read.
Kimberly V
I loved this book and if you like intelligent, well-written women's fiction, so will you! I can't tell you how many times I laughed aloud while reading it. There is a booster seat scene in the book that is one of the funniest things I have ever read. I could go on and on but seriously, just do yourself a favor a read it. You won't be sorry.
This was a cute read. There were times I laughed out loud and times i wanted to smack Holly. But you can relate to some of what she's going through.
One of my favorites…
I bought this book in print form back in 2005. It has been on my keeper shelf and I have pulled it out many times over the years to read again.
I grew up on fairy-tales just like Holly the heroine in The Frog Prince. Holly thought she had found her Prince Charming, married him and four days into the marriage PC tells her he doesn’t love her. Turns out her PC was a frog (did I mention he was also French). This book is about how a girl raised on fairy tales and never felt quite
Holly had a beautiful wedding and then on the honeymoon her husband tells her he never loved her. She is crushed. They stayed together for almost a year and then she left and moved to San Francisco, got a new job, apartment and filed for divorce. Her boss, Olivia, tells her she needs to get out and live life. Eventually she does and dates some "frogs". Holly does very well at her job but is sabotaged by Olivia when she has a special event. Will she get her work life and love life together again? ...more
Mar 25, 2014 June rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Wow. Yeah, still not quite sure what I think of the book. It had its good and it had its drag! Did not expect so much about the mother/daughter relationship. Had to laugh at the loser guy dates. Laughed when she FINALLY walked away from Paul. Would have liked to have seen a lot more of Alex! Kind of weird that he'd go so long without seeing or calling and then just out of the blue...yeah. Anyway, I guess it was interesting enough to get my attention to read it, but not enough to try anything els ...more
Juliana Miguel
First off, I have to say that I love to shelf hunt in the library, you never know what's behind a book title. I guess that's why I picked up this book; "The Frog Prince". The title just spoke to me and the first couple pages wasn't that bad either. Which brings me to say, that this book DID have some very promising points to it. It brought up questions and doubts that some/most women can relate to which was something I really enjoyed reading. We should be asking ourselves these same questions, d ...more
Jul 03, 2010 D.G. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: brides more in love with the wedding than the groom
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
The Good: There were some funny situations but not over the top. Also, it took time for her to grow in her job and in her personal life. The change didn't happen overnight.

The Bad: She spends half of the book moping about why she never thought she would get divorced, her fairy tale wedding, gown, etc. She was more upset about getting divorced and what people would think than losing the husband. She kept talking and talking about how fairy tales are not real. Well, duh! Of course they're not. Als
This was a quick read. I really felt like at times it was a commercial. She talks an awful lot about Starbucks and Bliss Beauty Products. There were certainly things she could of left out and took that space to develop the characters a little more. I never really felt sorry for the character but didn't dislike her either. I felt indifferent towards her. I didn't really connect with this book or its characters.
This is actually probably more like a 3.5--I enjoyed it, but it's probably not something I'll revisit anytime soon. The story is about Holly Bishop, who at 25 is just coming to terms with the failure of her fairy-tale marriage to a handsome Frenchman and university professor. She moves to San Francisco and takes a job as an event planner, negotiating the unfriendly work environment (her direct boss, Olivia, is a bit intimidating, not to mention some of the others at work).

The story is basically
Barbara ★
Holly Bishop got on my nerves. 100 pages in and I still wanted to reach through the pages and bitch-slap her. She's obsessed with her ex-husband (a very brief marriage of 10 months) and has constant thoughts of "Why didn't I know Jean-Marc didn't want me?" or "Why couldn't I tell how he really felt about me?" wah-wah-wah. Ugh I wanted to scream "get over it and move on already." She's neurotic, whiny, co-dependent and absolutely zero self-esteem. Talk about a dishrag! And don't get me started on ...more
Light reading, at times a little repetitive. The moral of the story is that Holly Bishop finds herself, who she really is, not the fairy tale character she thought her mother wanted her to be. So many woman think their identity is linked to the man of their destiny, Holly finds out that true happiness lies within, not through others.
I thought this book was cute, although not what I expected from reading the jacket. I've read books before where the protagonist really did get involved with some fairy godmothers, and another book where the narrator really kissed a frog and changed him into a man, so I thought this was going to be the same thing. 10 pages in I realized that wasn't the case, and glanced at the back of the book twice to see if there was any wording that led on that this book wasn't actually based in fairy tales, ...more
Lisa Murray
when a fairy tale wedding dissolves in divorce after less than a year, the narrator slowly picks up pieces and finds her own worth. This is exactly what it claims to be, no more or less. Definitely a fun read.
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Hımmm. İlk defa çiklit tarzı bir kitap okudum o da orta karar çıktı. Konu fena değildi. Holly kasabalı bir kız. Şehre göçüyor ve orada bir iş buluyor. Tabi bu sırada boşanmakla meşgul. Zira hayallerinin erkeği sandığı Fransız Jean-Marc onu sevmediğini söylemiş evlendikten kısa bir süre sonra. Holly de boşanmanın ve yeni bir yere alışmanın stresine boğulmuşken bir de cadı bir patron ve birkaç hoş erkekle karşılaşıyor. Kitaptaki Josh karakterini çok beğendim ama ne yazık ki o da başka bir kızla çı ...more
Half the fun of this book were the references to my hometown. Holly is young and makes mistakes many women of that age do. It's a light, entertaining read.
Becky Nelson
The language was terrible and I found myself speed reading it just because I didn't want to read it.
slow to start, but love a boom that is self empowering. it helps that the setting in San Francisco, somewhere I have dreamed of living.
Not my favorite Jane Porter book (Mrs. Perfect), but I'd been looking for this htf first book for a long time. Empowering story of a small town girl who, recovering from a pretty devastating relationship, moves to the big city and discovers, though pain and hard work, her own power and worth. Holly is so whiny that I didn't always like her, but she grows out of it eventually. Nice ending, refreshing, and perfectly toned. A couple of the best "excruciatingly bad date" scenes I've ever read -- I s ...more
Wonderful story about what happens after divorce and a big move to a new city.
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